Lectio Lights from the Monastery

Reflections for the Day

Lights from Our Lectio:
The Gospel applied using the Prism of the Rule of St. Benedict

I am the light of the world (John 8:12).  The Gospel captures the light of Christ so that we might meet Him and see ourselves and our world through the light of His love and being.

St. Benedict applies the Gospel to daily living; through the prism of his Rule, separating the light of Christ into “various colors” as through a prism, allowing us to experience the light of Christ in various, pragmatic ways. 

May you find the light of Christ further refracted through our prayer and lectio, enlightening your mind and warming for your heart.

Reflection for day listed here below…

2013 August 23 - Rose of Lima

Optional Memorial

“Do not ask me to abandon or forsake you!  For wherever you go, I will go, wherever you lodge I will lodge, your people shall be my people, and your God my God.”

Of all the statements Ruth made to Naomi, the last one is the most significant:  and your God my God.  It seems that Ruth had learned well from her husband of the loving and merciful God that he served.  As a Moabite, Ruth likely worshiped the god Chemosh who she knew to be neither loving or merciful; he was an angry, blood-thirsty god that the people most likely feared rather than served.

So to learn of a loving, merciful God was likely to have given Ruth’s heart great joy and peace.  Even in her deep sorrow and mourning over the death of her husband, she knew to remain in Moab would be the end her developing relationship with that loving God.  She needed to leave her homeland and journey with Naomi.  And in so doing, became an ancestress of David and of Jesus.

How are you being asked to step out in faith today?  Ask the Lord to give you the courage of Ruth in your journey with Him.